So it seems like every streaming service has its own original content now: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and others, all trying to not only provide quality TV and movies instantly, but quality exclusive properties. And it seems like Sony will be entering this race now, perhaps prepared from years of console exclusivity wars, with original TV content set to arrive directly to the PlayStation Network.
Sony will be starting with a 10 episode series based on the popular comic series Powers, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. For those of you who aren’t complete comic geeks like myself, Powers is one part Law & Order police procedural, and one part gritty superhero drama, following a former and now powerless superhero make a living as a cop trying to solve super crimes no one else can.
The series started as an FX pilot that starred Jason Patric and Charles S. Dutton, set to be an hour-long and presumably based directly off of the comics storylines. With reportedly 150 million register PSN accounts, the PlayStation Network may be a good place for the series to pick up steam again, especially since it’s not hard to imagine that many of those gamers are also comic fans. And this would be a good way for Sony to keep up with Microsoft, who also have original content coming to the Xbox One and the Xbox Live platform.
The series has been in the works for quite a while now, but has had a hard time getting made; seems like now it will finally get the push it needs. To be honest, I can’t see why it hasn’t been made yet, considering it’s an easy premise based on a fantastic series, but that’s the beauty of Hollywood: if it’s not a Housewives show or a reality series based on hunting gators in backwater swamps, good luck getting it made.